Friday, July 31, 2009

feeding an obsession

More weddings here.

We got married at the church I have attended since childhood, Asbury United Methodist Church. I had my best friends (obviously) as my bridesmaids. Lindsay was my maid of honor. We were in the same sorority in college and were roommates for a few years. Carrie was also in our sorority and lived with me for awhile when we lived to LR. Dee and Jenny and I are three peas in a pod. It's hard to even explain how we got to know each other but I know it's a friendship that will last.

Coby had his dad as his best man. He also had his 2 brothers, 1 uncle, and 2 best friends as he grooms men. Since we had uneven number I decided to have each person walk out with their spouse and kids who were in the congrugration insteads of pairing up the attendents.

All of the nieces and nephews walked down the aisle ringing small bells instead of having a flower girl and ring bearer. How could I just choose 2 out of 6?!

The colors of the ceremony (and reception) were dark brown and shades of green. My bridesmaids each wore a slightly different style dress that they choose and carried green calla lilies. I carried white calla lilies.

Instead of doing a unity candle or pouring sand we decided to tie a "cord of three strands"
I was able to make my own cord with colors matching the ceremony.
Ecclesiastes 4: 8-12
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

My dad had said since I was little that there would be a string quartet in the wedding. I guess you can have whatever you want when you pay!

The ceremony turned out more perfect that I could every imagine.
Next week is wedding receptions!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Recent Happy Finds

Door decor from etsy.

Rug to complete my front porch from Home Decorators. (Sorry so close- did not feel like changing the lens on my camera.)

Le Creuset at TJ Max super cheap. Salt and pepper shakers and butter dish regularly $25 each, $7 each at TJ!

(Got them in green)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

$1 per pound!

The paper sale. Not an offical or fancy sounding name. Not very descriptive either. But it is a trill that like no other. Do you know of this paper sale that I speak of? Have you experienced it first hand?
At first I thought it was a myth-urban legend. My friend once told me about getting some party invitations at this place where they sell paper for $1 a pound. She didn't elaborate much, gave vague directions and wasn't really sure when they were open. Almost like she was tring to hide something. About a year later another friend invited me on an early moring shopping trip to "the paper sale." I agreed calmly trying to not sound to eager.
The next morning, ~7:30 a.m, we pulled up to a large warehouse in a part of town that I rarely frequent. Cars were lining the streets and as we started toward the doors I could hear the comotion and my anticipation grew. As we crossed the threshold there was too much for my eyes to see and soul to take in. Yards and yards of card board boxes full of invitations, napkins, paper cups, and plates. The ivitations are the super cute ones that normally sell for $1.50 a piece. Now I can get a pounds worth for $1! I was extatic! They had something for every holiday, and shower you could imagine plus more. Then there was the plates and napkins. A case (5- 8 counts) in adorable prints! Is this utopia? They also always have fun odds and ends. Monogramed totes, make-up bags, towels. I got these cute 100% cotton PJs for $6! (Picked up some for Christmas gifts as well.)

The quareterly paper sale is a must girls shopping trip for my friends and I. Is it the thrill of getting a pound of something for a $1 in this day and age? Is is the challenge of finding napkins that match the plates? Is it the thought of all the wonderful parties that could begin with such cute invitations? Or is it the Saturday 7 a.m. adrenaline rush? Whatever the reason be keep it commin'!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

I Do Thee Wear

Some of my favorite shows are "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Whose Wedding is it Anyway?". What ever happened to that show? Anyway, Coby always gets mad because he hates those kinds of shows and claims that he doesn't know why I watch them because I'm already married. But I love them. One of my dream jobs would be to own a full service wedding botique, food, cake, dresses, flowers. I'm really not a girly girl so I'm not sure where this infatuation stems from. But, if you could look at wedding dresses all day like me go here.

For my own wedding dress I thought I wanted something very simple, fitted, and classic. I really wanted something that I could look back on in 10 years and it still look like something I would want to wear. We looked, and looked, and looked. I ended up with something a little more beaded than what I had prepared for but was very happy with it in the end. The dress came with a shawl that I had made into my vail.

Monday, July 20, 2009

7-20?! Already!!!

Can't believe summer is almost over and school will be starting in ~1 month! Here I am talking about summer flying by but enjoying this great fall like weather (70-80's) and waiting for football, fall decorations, and chili on the stove.

Is the weather all there is to write about? Pretty much. I feel like my grandpa who used to watch the weather channel for hours on end.

This past Saturday I went out to dinner at Rumba for my dear friend Jessica's birthday. Then we went to The Rev Room to see Reckless Kelly. The show was good, but my how loud it was! (Again, showing my age.) Then Sunday we took Bubba and PaPaw (Coby's grandparents) to Hot Springs for Coby's dad's birthday celebration. We went four-wheeling. "We" includes Bubba. Gotta love her!

Our 10 year high school reunion is in about two weeks! I'm planning a cocktail pre-party that I am sooooooo excited about. Can't wait to have everyone over! Surely there will be lots of picture to come!

Coby and I are also planning a trip to New Orleans over Labour Day. Being the planner that I am we already have hotel reservations and dinner reservations for the nights we will be there. I have been using tripadvisor. We used this to get reviews when we were planning our honeymoon and found it to be a great resource. It lets you keep a folder of attractions, transportation, and hotels in the area. It gives the address, phone number, map, and civilian reviews as well as searching all the other web sites for the best hotel and flight prices. Very handy.
Cherish the remaining summer days!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Picture Please

I'm gonna try this because I love pictures and seeing what other people think makes for a good picture.
This is one of my favorites from our wedding. I didn't even know the photographer took this pic. Such a chaotic evening and it's nice to have this candid shot.

A still shot that I took during my photo class.

And last but not least the boys.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's Electric

If you remember correctly our last 4th of July camping trip left something more to be desired. This year I thought that there was surely no more bad camping trip luck to be had. Alas, I was mistaken. Now, before you fret, I'll have you know that ~85% of the trip was good. Good, as in s'more good, as in watching fireworks from my lake floaty good, as in oatmeal and coffee for breakfast good, as in skipping rocks good. The other 15% goes like this...
We attempted to reserve the same campsite we had last year but apparently reserved the campsite in the MIDDLE of a cul-de-sac surrounded with campers and no lake access! After a few tears of frustration, disappointment, and desperation we ended up spending the night at Coby's brother's lake house on Thursday night. We went to Shangri La for dinner where the 30 minute wait, plus 10 minute wait after someone stole our table (they work on the honor system and some people are not so honorable), and a man almost spitting on my shoe was all worth it in the end after the blueberry pie. I know, blueberry?, but it was all there was left and was very good al'mode. If ever in the area you must stop for the pie. The waitress said they go though about 35 a day!
On Friday we set out to find an island to camp on. Luckily we found a perfect spot! I was dropped off with the tent to begin setting up while Coby went back to the "mainland" to get the rest of our stuff. We got this new tent for Christmas and had never used it. I must say I felt like a very efficient surviorwomen after being on the island all alone and setting up the 8 person tent by myself!

We were able to get the rest of our stuff on Friday and had a very enjoyable Friday night and Saturday day. We walked to the tip of the island and were able to see the fireworks from the marina. A perfect view without all the noise. Saturday night, not long after we went to bed the storms began brewing. And by storms I mean red squall line that went right over us (thanks iphone radar). The lighting lit the tent up a disco tech! Very scary but in the end we were safe, the tent held up with no leaks, and everything else stayed dry for the most part.
Coby and Tasso in the tent with the wind up radio that would only receive a classic radio station.

Chox stayed at the country club (my mom's house) for the weekend b/c we didn't know how well he would do at a campsite with all those people in close quarters. Tasso learned a few tricks this weekend like diving under the water for rocks.

And climbing trees in order to get the tennis ball the thrower, but iphone won't let me email the video. Help anyone, how do I get the video off the phone!?
All of this wears a feller out!

He stayed in bed for 2 days straight, no lie.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


So Coby and I both got iPhones the other day. It was time for an upgrade for me and Coby finally change providers so we could have one cell phone bill, which incidentally is much cheaper. We also knew that it would not be good for our marriage for one of us to get one and not the other. So... I am attempting this whole post via the iPhone.
Last week, being our first week back from FL, I found excuses to not cook all week. This week I ran out of excuses and have cooked all week. I feel better about myself when I do cook. We have been eatting at the dinner table, the house has been clean, and laundry is caught up. Not sure if it is healthy or not that my level of self love is dependent upon the state of my house. Good or not the house is clean.
Dinners this week have consisted of herb marinated chicken and pasta, grilled okra with lemon basil dipping sauce and flank steak, spaghetti, and tomato pie. That's right tomato pie. It really turned out a lot better than I thought it would. We had it last night and for added pressure Coby's friend Ian stopped in for dinner. They both said it was good and I believe them.
I've been organizing for our camping trip this weekend and have reignited my romance with my label maker. Now if only things can get back into their designated bins at the end of the weekend.
Well, I say the iPost proved sucessful!